Year of publication 2017
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Proceedings 11th Conferebce Sport and Quality of life
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Sports Studies

Keywords Olympism; Olympic Games; sport; culture; Sokol; Sokolism
Description Sport is not only a source of experiences but in its onsequences, it is a means of development of man. Sport and its institutions and important events reflect given nature and culture of society. Gradational democratisation and mancipation of society and broader mass of people during the ending of the 19th century revived the ideals of Olympism as a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. At that time sport as an important social and cultural phenomenon had been also affected by a life style change, democratization, consume orientation in society, commercialisation, and at the time of being strongly affected via growing medialization, mutual intersection of cultures, demographic changes,globalization, etc. Original goal of the Olympic Games as the top sport organisational reflection was to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of an, with a view to encouraging the establishment of a peaceful society, concerned with the preservation of human dignity. Since last several decades the Olympic Games became the preeminent mega event reflecting the nature and problems of global society with rivalry and emulation between nations diffused or even disrupted the aspirations of Olympism. Czech Sokol Organisation considers the problem of the contemporary Olympism in its significant diversion, within its historical progress, from the original ideas and ideals. Especially the gradual one-sided orientation of Olympism towards the Olympic Games and towards the related increasing commercialisation are in the centre of critique not only sport specialists.

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